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AtGames Legends Ultimate Fixes the Biggest Problem with Modern Arcade Machines


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The connected arcade

Home arcade machines are much more accessible these days, but one thing that still holds them back is that many of them only have a dozen or so games. AtGames is trying to fix that problem with its Legends Ultimate Arcade Machine that not only comes with 350 games but is also connected to the internet, allowing you to expand your library with more arcade, console, and even PC games.

The Legends Ultimate Arcade Machine comes loaded with well-known classics like Asteroids, BurgerTime, Burnin’ Rubber, Missile Command, Tetris, and Tron. However, this arcade really opens up when it connects to the ArcadeNet online service and AtGames’ array of cloud-connected PCs.

Once linked to the service, this machine gains access to a much larger library of games like Metal Slug and Samurai Shodown—and even the vast array of console games that never made it to the arcades. AtGames is also implementing what it calls BYOG (Bring Your Own Game), which grants you direct access to your ArcadeNet cloud-connected gaming PC to log into Steam and play your favorite PC games with the arcade setup.

Playing arcade games streamed through a remote PC might sound like the worst thing on paper. But the experience worked better than expected in my short demo. In Tetris, I was able to slide pieces into gaps with ease just like I could on my home systems. Metal Slug felt fairly responsive whenever the hotel internet ping fell below 30ms.

Network latency will be the biggest pain of playing arcade games streaming from the Internet.

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The whole ArcadeNet cloud-connected service will run on a subscription-based model similar to Google Stadia, except games are being beamed directly to an arcade machine. AtGames also wants to add competitive and cooperative multiplayer to all titles on its service. Unfortunately, pricing schemes for the ArcadeNet are still being finalized, so we’ll have to sit tight without that crucial knowledge for now.

One other way users will be able to add more games is by plugging in one of AtGames’ Blast! kits—essentially a Chromecast for games—into one of the Legends Ultimate’s top-side HDMI ports. This lets you play other titles AtGames has already released while using the arcade machine like one giant screen and controller.

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Here are some of the games on the ATGames Legends Ultimate Arcade Machine

  • Asteroids
  • Astyanax
  • Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja
  • BurgerTime
  • Burnin’ Rubber
  • Centipede
  • Crystal Castles
  • City Connection
  • Fighter’s History
  • Fix-It Felix Jr.
  • Millipede
  • Missile Command
  • Joe & Mac
  • Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja
  • Pong
  • Pro Soccer
  • Saint Dragon
  • Side Pocket
  • Star Wars
  • Tetris
  • Tetris Plus 2
  • Tempest
  • TRON

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AtGames’ Legends Ultimate Arcade Machine is a pretty well-rounded unit that includes two full arcade-style control panels complete with joysticks, six action buttons, a trackball, and two spinners for each player. With all these different input options player should feel right at home whether they’re playing pong with a spinner, Centipede with a trackball, or any fighting game with the full-featured fight stick.

Like adding more games, AtGames tells me it has designed the Legends Ultimate to be expandable with more peripherals including Bluetooth accessories, alternate cabinet art, light guns, and more.

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The arcade unit itself comes in two sizes with a 46” compact unit running for $399 and $599 for the 66” full-size unit—the latter of which is the one I saw during my demo. As with other home arcade machines, the Legends Ultimate will require some building, but AtGames assures me that assembly that is simple and quick and can be done in only 10 minutes. Of course, I’ll be testing this claim in my full review.

The AtGames Legends Ultimate Arcade Machine will be available for limited pre-orders starting in July.

For more on IGN’s E3 coverage, stay tuned to IGN’s E3 2019 hub. Be sure to also check out the list of confirmed E3 2019 games and the list of games that won’t be at E3 2019.

Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam

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